The Air Jordan 9 (IX) retro was first released in 1993 and it was designed by Tinker Hatfield. It is the only sneaker from this collection that Micheal Jordan did not wear on the court, mainly because it was introduced when the player retired for the first time from professional basketball. This is the shoe featured on MJ’s statue in front of the United Center in Chicago. The choice was not random, as Tinker Hatfield explained at some point. The Air Jordan 9 retro represents the worldwide superstar status Micheal achieved, featuring words in various languages on the sole as well as a Japanese “Rising Sun” with the Jumpman on it. The Air Jordan 9 features a “one-pull” lacing system, dynamic-Fit inner bootie, encapsulated Air-Sole unit in the forefoot. This sneaker was issued in many colorways but also in several PE editions , with players such as Kobe Bryant, Penny Hardaway and Kendal Gill getting their own special pair.